Due to the inclement weather here in Blandford, Jack and Rex have gone on strike. They refuse to go trudging outside on snow-covered grass. Actually Rex is the one throwing a monkey wench into the 3 times a day walking through the park exercise. He enjoys having easy access to his preferred spots for doing his business and the snow is in the way. He does have his arthritis to deal with as do I, so I am letting this go, but I worry about the decline in his daily exercise. So far, this is only day two. This weekend, the forecast is even worse with bone chilling temperatures of the zero degrees and high winds, so I don’t see us taking any walks during the weekend either. I am crossing my fingers for a slight warming up on Monday and Tuesday, because if Rex doesn’t go out the little one Jack won’t even go outside to walk near the street. He hates trucks of all sizes, he tolerates them with Rex because he feels protected by Rex’s presence. I know that Rex will get over it and by Tuesday, we’ll be back to our daily walking but it is so hard to see your magnificent pet get old. Rex is very special and we all love him, especially Jack in his own little Jack Russell way.
These programs were instituted for a reason, same as social security and medicare, there were the elderly falling into poverty from sickness and little to no savings and there were families in abject poverty. Unfortunately, there are still cases where that still exists, but not on the scale that occurred before the inception of the programs. Moreover, these programs reflect the overall health of economy, the number of the population being helped by these programs doesn’t stay at a static level, they rise and fall depending on how the economy is doing for the average person. The economy for the 1% lives by different rules and parameters than the rest of us. I find it disturbing that as a group the candidates want to make these programs into block grants, not every state has the same outlook on the less fortunate, would there be an exodus from the red states to the blue states if it that state block grant were adopted? We have already seen the exodus of migrant workers away from states like Georgia and Alabama, would we see the needy trying to employ similar strategies?
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That is egregious behavior by the police and I hope that Romney’s campaign staff looks into their use of the police in the future. Our police force is not a private security force and it seems that the campaign staff is confused as to the limits of what police are legally allowed to prevent. If a citizen is peacefully standing, is not actively thwarting the event, than the police haven’t the right to arrest someone for prior associations or suspicion of prior associations even if the company or the campaign say so, if the person is only speaking. We have the rule of law in our society and we have the bill of rights. Our rights are getting perverted into meaning things that are not what they were written to be. Our founding fathers had a certain fear of companies becoming too economically powerful and the founding fathers were also finding their way with rights as they are applied to different races and different genders. Obviously the constitution is a living document but I would think that we, everyone , holds the freedom to speak your mind to be the most cherished. The young man’s denial of his rights to speak, to congregate and to learn is a scary development during this campaigning season. I realize that the candidates have had the pleasure to be mic-checked at various events by the occupiers but they were simply airing an alternative narrative to the candidate’s vision. Nothing illegal in that, yet.
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